Questions tagged [magic]

For questions that have to do with magic, as opposed to science/technology. Remember to explain any limits.

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How technologically advanced must a civiliastion be to make present day society think it is magic? [closed]

Let's say aliens come to Earth. How technologically advanced must they be for the normal people to consider it magic?
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Which magical creatures would you choose for your army? [closed]

Ok this hypothetical scenario. Years ago a portal opened on Earth to a dying dimension. Several magical creatures fleeing their dying world crossed over into ours. In response several secret ...
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ABC with fluorescent hands' [closed]

Picture this: all of a sudden, at precisely 12:00 PM on February 29th, a magical condition immediately takes effect on all humans in this earth-like society. After this time strikes, any person under ...
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How would floating islands work? [duplicate]

Soaring among the clouds over an earth-like planet, islands... on which fortresses are built for strategic advantage, on which stations for the dragon air force are built, and which can be relatively ...
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Why would a religious person extract the hemoglobin of those who failed to survive his spiritual healing ritual? [closed]

This is for a crime/mystery novel with a religious antagonist. He’s trying to cure people of their psychological issues, by creating a “nightmare world” inside their mind and hoping that their ego is ...
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Effect of 1.5g (Induced hypertension health effects?)

On this planet, gravity faces many fluctuations, but humans spend most of the time in 1.4-1.5 gravity. During these periods (usually lasting about 5-7 days) I was thinking I'd have them increase salt ...
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What would be the consequences of a total technological progress halt during the late middle ages in a fantasy world? [closed]

In this world, when gunpowder was weaponized for the first time in the form of cannons and muskets, an event took place (I haven't really thought of it much yet) that halted most of scientific ...
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How would elemental magic be used for more than just war? [closed]

I want to create a world where magic is based on the elements. How would the respective elements have an impact on society?
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How can medieval-like coalition defeat or force a modern army into submission? [closed]

In my story, there would eventually be a final battle between a modern/high tech army from Earth and a coalition from another world. What are ways that the coalition can gain victory? Given that they ...
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Where would fire manipulation magic fit in a modern military [closed]

In most fantasy stories elemental fire magic is used either as a substitute for guns in warfare, but in a modern setting how would the military use fire elementals? Fire novice level: being able ...
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Is it practical to wear less armor (but magical enhanced) and how it should be? [closed]

So a female polearm user wants to wear armor but she feels it's too tight for her because she needs to keep her mobility so she can dodge heavy destructive spells from mages. However she can already ...
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How would an evil and malevolent god gather followers? [duplicate]

I am a Malevolent and deceitful god. My cruelty and treachery is well known throughout the world. These true stories about me are spread by my nemesis, the god of love, kindness and truth. Worship of ...
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If only true love awakens magical power: How do i train mages in modern times? [closed]

A long time ago magic was common in humans. Our ancestors used that power to hunt mammoths using the most humble magic, Super strength. The key to magic was the True love between two sentient beings ...
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Name for lunar-affected magical folk [closed]

In a world where people are magically affected by the sun and moon being in opposition, what do you call that in the broadest sense? You have common werewolves, —bears, —sealions, and the occasional ...
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Aerial Sniper/shooting - How accurate can a sniper rifle be while flying magically at certain speeds and distance?

Assuming that you are flying in a powerarmor with the help of magic to assassinate/kill flying sorcerers/Forward Observers/officers. The rifle that will be used in this question will be McMillan Tac ...
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How to balance magic? [closed]

I always thought that if we bring magic-like throwing fireballs to the enemy to this world, a mage would be pretty over power, especially in the medieval era. So I was thinking after reading this ...
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What is preventing magic users from reaching their full potential? [closed]

In a story I've been thinking about, the actual power of magic in the world is literally limitless. There is only a single person who actually figures this out, and it terrifies him so much that he ...
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What would be the possiblity of galaxy sized planet of sorts for a table top roleplaying game

Hello and thank you for reading this, hope your doing well today. This is difficult to describe, but I will do my best, please bear with me. Imagine a table that's oval shaped, minus the legs. ...
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Making plans for the villain's arrival in a thousand years [closed]

How might a high-fantasy medieval style civilization go about preparing itself for a Big Bad that they know will arrive in 1000 years? There isn't much technology at first but it and magic advances at ...
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What natural animal could represent a goddess of Chaos and Entropy [closed]

I am looking for this in a context of extending a role play universe for my player. The animal should be cute enough though since it is not an evil goddess, and the goddess use to be an oriental (read ...
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What would be good reasons that prevent mages from making it into government? [duplicate]

I have a world where the mages are strong enough to defeat great demons, and can use their power to build anything from toothpicks to elaborate weapons. I understand that with all that power they ...
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Law enforcement in a world with smartphone magic

The year is 20XX. One day on an obscure programming forum, a user posts a smartphone app that allows the user to pull objects in real world. (Think "Accio" from Harry potter series). This app quickly ...
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Societal effects of succubi invasion? [closed]

A year from now an ancient cult opens a portal to another reality with the hope that demons invade the earth, but instead they summon 2 billion playful succubi. They are harmless when in a good mood, ...
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How would the educational system of a military magic institute be like? [closed]

We're talking about a late-middle age civilization. Actually magic is a thing in this world (pretty powerful magic). This magic works almost as low reality manipulation using your life force (most of ...
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Is it feasible for a government to impose taxes in using magic? [closed]

In my world, there used to be very powerful and influential wizard that maintains the balance in the world. Some kind of Pope figure. But unfortunately, he cannot escape death from old age. He dies, ...
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Why does the wizard high council tolerate witchcraft when women outnumbered men by 10:1? [closed]

In an alternate world there exists a country surrounded by impassible mountains and vast ocean infested with carnivorous sea monsters, the technology is similar to the 14th century and everyone has a ...
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How would people react if hundreds of gods appeared in new york [closed]

Tomorrow out of nowhere hundreds of naked humans appear in New York, they immediately announce themselves to whoever they encounter claiming to be various gods from human mythologies and religions. ...
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How would you explain eclectic connections between magics, colors and inter-magic interactions?

How would you explain eclectic connections between magics, colors and inter-magic interactions? Such as this one for example: All spells are cast with colored gems... Gem colors and their effects ...
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How would magic work? [closed]

So sorry about all the other ways I phrased this question. So I am writing a world where there is lots of magic, but the magic is actually a kind of science that our world(the real world) just hasn't ...
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Is my antagonist and his race plausible? [closed]

I am writing a contemporary fantasy novel with sci-fi elements. The antagonist is a member of The Mahos. Their race predates our universe. They have an extremely high body temperature their skin is ...
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Is a horse a suitable familiar for this wandering wizard? [closed]

Most wizards stay in their City of Wonders. Everything they need is there. However once in a while an adventurous soul decides they would like to explore the outside world. On the outside everything ...
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Reference for a dictatorship that split and inprison the society in small groups like familys, or small villages [closed]

Is there any author that made a dictatorship by compartimenting, either by magic or advanced technology, the society under his control in small groups, so that it made difficult the interaction ...
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Who would want to control a weather controlling device? [closed]

I have a town that is focused around a device from a lost civilization, the current civilization an the people of this city know how to use the device to control the weather but they don't know why it ...
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(Updated Question) If a race of creatures have unlimited time and resources what methods of architectural engineering would they use? [closed]

Human architecture is driven by cost, time and ability to move and use certain materials. So what methods of architectural engineering would come to use if time, cost and materials had no limits? ...
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In a city of skyscrapers, how would the height affect the individuals living there? [closed]

I'm writing a sci-fi/fantasy story that partially takes place in a supercity (Pop 15 Bil) made of skyscrapers. The inhabitants thereof are immortal, and so don't have to be concerned about atmospheric ...
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How would a high fantasy medieval society react to an apocalypse caused by magic? [closed]

Brief information about the setting. There was a big war going on between two countries. Let's call those countries A and B. Each living in different continents. While they were evenly matched A ...
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How can I distinguish and balance sixteen branches of magic? [closed]

The protagonist can do magic. But not just any magic, no siree. And to do it, they have to negotiate with hallucinated personifications of ideals. Or what they'd look like if they lived up to that ...
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What cataclysmic event would potentially block (or make it very difficult) access from one half of the continent to the other? [closed]

Say there is an Americas-like continent. (The western hemisphere (North America + South America), not the United States of America) A tyrant civilization that pretty much conquered the continent was ...
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Thrustless Propulsion and Levitation - Science/Magic theory [closed]

What kind of scientific effect is needed to have thrust less propulsion and levitation plausible and make floating and moving battleships/castles possible since anti-grav engines will disrupt local ...
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How to assign kingdoms and tribes using my magic system with their own specialized type of magic? [closed]

I am using a tattoo spell-casting magic system and am working on integrating it into the nations of my made-up world. I am currently working on naming kingdoms and tribes based upon what types of ...
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how Could we control magnetic fields around us effectively? [closed]

I'm trying to write a story where a character controls the magnetism around him, how would this effect him and the world around him, what can potentially be his weaknesses?
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What kind of training would a person have to go through to withstand a hive mind [closed]

In my fantasy world, certain people have the chance to consume a certain essence that gives them magical abilities when consumed. This essence gives them the ability to insert a piece of their "spirit"...
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Shattering The World- Energy Output? [closed]

I have a question because I'm interested in using a similar feat of monstrous strength for a character I'm developing. What can I say, curiosity killed the cat- let's say that a being trapped beneath ...
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Looking for superpowers, preferably physics-based [closed]

I'm writing a novel, The Change Storms: Induction (I'm ~60,000 words in, and you can read it for free on my Patreon). The idea is to answer the question "what would the world look like if superpowers ...
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What would be the most useful were-animals? [closed]

I'm trying to develop a set of "were-animals". The rules of this universe are pretty classic, were-somethings turn into their animal counter-parts on full moons, and once transformed, they look like ...
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What can a Mage do with Science? [closed]

So, if a mage has to use only the elements/compounds and energy present in a 10mx10m area around them, what are the biggest limitations on their abilities? How much energy would typically be available ...
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How would a nomadic tribe use giant creatures in a grassland environment?

Say there is an enormous grassland in the center of a continent, the prey animals could grow to huge proportions due to the amount of food and water and extreme growth levels of the food. How would ...
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How could children from the past, who have magical abilities be introduced into society? [closed]

The initial time they come from would be after 1900. And the different children would come from different years. These children would have control of their powers and could keep them hidden if needed....
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What are some alternatives to magic and technology? [closed]

It seems most worlds are run by either magic or technology. Sometimes it is both. But usually they are opposites. One may be the yin to the yang. Entire societies are usually based off of one or the ...
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Why should fire-breathing dragons save fire for later?

In real nature, poisonous snakes attempt to save poison for later - because they have only limited amount of it. And instead of it they try to hide as soon as possible or to terrify enemy (if hiding ...